The Staple Gun Basics: How to Load a Staple Gun

Bought a shiny new staple gun and don’t know how to use it? Fear not, for this article aims to solve that very problem. Must be your lucky day!

The Staple Gun

The traditional hand stapler was an amazing piece of technology on its own. The stapler gun filled the gap for fastening tools in the world, and made it much easier to attach things together (usually paper). Since then there have been many new iterations of the device and we now have the mighty staple gun.

From being primarily used to attach paper, the stapler has come a long way. Staple guns, nowadays, are used for a myriad of tasks ranging from carpentry to fastening carpets, and can even go through various types of wood (for example, particle board). Staple guns have taken their place as an essential tool and made other similar tools seem like a scrap piece. They are now required in every household!

Different types of staple guns

There are mainly 3 different types of staple guns to choose from:

The Manual Staple Gun: This is probably the best known and most widely used type of staple gun. You probably have one at home right no. These guns primarily rely on our exertion of strength to work. It is spring operated and upon compressing the trigger, will shoot off a staple into the target direction. Unlike a traditional stapler, the ends of the staple will not get bent to fasten the staple. The staple will simply bury itself inside the target material.

The Electric Staple Gun:  The electric staple gun, as the name suggests, runs on electricity. They will either run on batteries or can be directly connected to the mains supply. Electric staple guns tend to look more like guns, relative to manual staple guns. Electric guns are better than manual staple guns in many ways. They take much less effort to use and can fire off staples at a much higher rate than manual staple guns.

The Pneumatic/Air Staple Gun: You may call this the holy grail of staple guns, when it comes to raw power. Air staple guns use compressed air to fire off the staples and can pack quite a punch. This is the true definition of a heavy-duty stapler. They are also easier to maintain relative to electric staple guns. However, with great power comes great cost! Decent air staple guns will cost a pretty penny. But they are the best at their job, which is to tackle various heavy-duty tasks. This isn’t the stapler to buy for your everyday needs, unless you are a contractor of course. In which case this is exactly what you are looking for.  

How to load a staple gun?

Now that we have familiarized ourselves with the different types of staple guns let’s get down to brass tacks. How do you load these magnificent creations of human engineering?

I’m sure by now you can tell that each type of gun will follow a different set of procedures for reloading.

How to load a manual/electric staple gun: Hold the gun in a way that the region of the nails’ exit point will be facing away from you. On the bottom you will see a pusher rod. Push it in to unhook the rod and then pull it out entirely. Insert the staples with their legs facing the direction through which they will be fired out. Place the pusher rod back to its original position. If you followed the instructions thoroughly, you should be left with a fully loaded staple gun, ready for action!

How to load a Pneumatic/Air Staple gun: Pneumatic staple guns come can be of two different types- bottom loaded or top loaded. A bottom loading pneumatic staple gun follows the same reloading procedure outlined for the manual/electric staple gun. A top loaded Pneumatic has a part called a follower attached to its magazine. This part will press against the staples and keep them in place. Press the release button, after which the follower will need to be pulled all the way back to reveal the rails on which the staples will be positioned. After the magazine is filled the follower needs to be released gently and you are ready to staple.

Best uses of a staple gun

Staple guns can be used for many tasks ranging from light to heavy workloads. Each type of staple gun is suited for specific workloads.

Manual staple guns are very easy to control, making them very precise. So, tasks where precision is of utmost importance can take advantage of this tool. Some of these tasks could be- Woodworking, art and DIY projects, putting up flyers, minor home repairs etc.

Electric staple guns can fire off many rounds at once. They are best used in house repair and light wiring projects. However, if the job requires finesse and precision, this is not the staple gun for you. Some specific tasks include- upholstery, carpeting, woodworking and carpentry, household repairs etc.

Pneumatic staple guns are best utilized in heavy-duty tasks like construction work. They can penetrate many strong surfaces without causing the staples to get bent out of shape. These guns have enough power to bond construction materials together as well.  

Some of the best staple guns

These are some of the top staple guns in the industry:

Manual Staple Guns:

  1. Stanley TR110 Heavy Duty Steel Stapler
  2. Bostitch T6-8 Heavy Duty Powercrown Tacker
  3. Stanley TR45K Light Duty Staple Gun
  4. Stanley TR150HL SharpShooter Heavy Duty Staple Gun

Electric Staple Guns:

  1. Stanley TRE550Z Heavy-Duty Electric Staple Gun
  2. Makita XTS01Z Cordless Electric Staple Gun
  3. Paslode 900078NT 16-Gauge Cordless Electric Staple Gun
  4. Arrow Fastener T50DCD Electric Staple Gun

Pneumatic/Air Staple Guns:

  1. Porter-Cable US58 Crown Upholstery Stapler
  2. Hitachi N3804AB3 1/4″ Crown Stapler
  3. Surebonder 9600B T50 Type Stapler
  4. NuMax SL31 Pneumatic 3-in-1 Nailer & Stapler

Safety precautions

A staple gun is definitely not a toy and should be used with a lot of care. Just because it shoots staples instead of bullets doesn’t make it any less dangerous. It is still a gun in every way. Even a manual staple gun can easily penetrate through skin and bone. Electric and pneumatic staple guns take the danger to a whole other level as they are even more powerful. Always point the guns away from any people in the vicinity. Make sure you know the ins and outs of your gun, such as the magazine feed release, the magazine release buttons, alongside all the other important parts of a staple gun. Definitely keep them out of the reach of children. Some staple guns, almost all pneumatic staple guns, have a safety lock mechanism closely associated with the trigger. Keep the safety on whenever the staple gun is not in use. The consequences of the improper use of staple guns could very well be dire.

I hope this was a fun and educational read for everyone. Please exercise caution when using staple guns. Hope you are now fully able to load and use your staple guns!

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